Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “All We Got” by Chance the Rapper:

I was flying out of Chicago on Monday night, watching the lights vanish at the edge of the lake and feeling sad. Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper was one of the albums British Airways was offering on its audio channel, and it seemed like an appropriate thing to stick in my ears. Here’s a live version from BBC Radio’s Live Lounge.

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Song of the Week: “Add It Up” by Violent Femmes

by Douglas Cowie on 13 July 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Add It Up” by Violent Femmes:

I’m in Wisconsin today, so I figured why not post a classic by the second-best band ever to come out of Milwaukee? Your favorite indie-rock dancefloor deejays always play “Blister in the Sun” because who doesn’t like a whole-group clap (not that clap)? But “Add It Up” has the beguiling sleaze and menace that makes it the better song, speaking from an altogether objective point of view. Here’s a live version from 1988.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Water (If They Only Knew)” by Kojey Radical ft. Mahalia:

I only heard this song for the first time earlier this week. It grips both lyrically and musically, and I love the vocal performances. There’s so much happening in this song that repeated listening isn’t so much repaid as required. It’s a song that opens a door and asks you in to endlessly listen and think and talk to it.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “London Is the Place for Me” by Lord Kitchener:

Late last week I was reading Kitch, a new novel by the writer and musician Anthony Joseph. It’s a fact-based fictional telling, in a variety of voices, of the life of the Trinidadian calypso singer Lord Kitchener. Before I was too many pages (two or three, maybe) into the novel I was already looking up Lord Kitchener’s music, and this, appropriately, was the first song I stumbled onto. Here’s a mini acapella version, for a little bonus.

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